Mike Huckabee: "It’s time to quit worrying about the tax code and preach a prophetic word."

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Huckabee questions church tax-exemption

The Fox News host and former presidential candidate says it’s time to quit worrying about the tax code and preach a prophetic word.

By Bob Allen | Abpnews.com

Former governor of Arkansas Michael Huckabee address delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Former governor of Arkansas Michael Huckabee address delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Former Arkansas governor turned media personality Mike Huckabee asked Southern Baptist pastors to consider whether tax breaks from the government are worth the accompanying restrictions on political speech.

The former pastor and president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention said June 10 at a pastors’ conference prior to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Houston that recent reports the IRS targeted certain groups for greater scrutiny should cause great concern about religious freedom in the United States.

“The recent revelations that the Internal Revenue Service has been targeting people of faith — people who are conservative, people who are pro-Israel — and have been picking out the parts of belief and speech and faith that government seems to approve and that which it doesn’t approve has brought up a very important reality that I think, sooner or later, as believers, we need to confront,” said Huckabee, host of a top-rated Fox News Channel weekend program

“You may not clap real loud for this, but at least hear me out and think about it and pray about it,” he said. “I think we need to recognize that it may be time to quit worrying so much about the tax code and start thinking more about the truth of the living God, and if it means that we give up tax-exempt status and tax deductions for charitable contributions, I choose freedom more than I choose a deduction that the government gives me permission to say what God wants me to say.”

Huckabee said it may be time for churches to say: “Keep your deductions. Keep the exemptions. We stand more faithful with what God would have us to say, and we choose our freedom more than our financial benefit.”

“I must be very honest and tell you; I have never given a dime to God that I gave solely because it was a tax decision,” Huckabee said. “And if you’ve got people in your church who are giving because it’s a tax decision, then they ought to keep their money. They need it more than God does.”

huckabee.tweetHuckabee, who finished second to John McCain for the Republican nomination for president in 2008, said the GOP should not take conservative evangelical votes for granted.

“I’m not here to be political, but I want to be prophetic and clear in saying this,” Huckabee said. “Of late, the Republican Party has tried to tell those of us who are evangelicals that maybe we need to dial it back a little bit when it comes to issues like the sanctity of life and the holiness of marriage and maybe just ease off.”

“Well, I’ve got a news flash for the GOP,” he said. “I plan to take my last ride in life on a white horse, not on an elephant and not on a donkey, and I will stick with the word of God and if the party, any party, goes a different way, I stick with Jesus. I believe he is forever.”

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3 Comments on “Mike Huckabee: "It’s time to quit worrying about the tax code and preach a prophetic word."”

  1. Shereene

    Amen BrotherHuckabee. Thank you for separating yourself from conservatives. We’ve been lumped in with them from the beginning, and worldly Americans think we want what conservatives want. I’ve never considered myself a conservative. I’d rather render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and keep Caesar out of The Body of Christ. Then they’ll all have to stop demanding we marry homosexuals, prying into our finances, and watch the surrounding communities suffer that much more because we can’t help them as much.

  2. Rene

    I wonder if he’s a mason since he’s part of the Southern Baptist Church wihich is full of Masons + how can you have a near successful furn for president if you’re not a mason? The reason the Southern Baptist Church is 5013C is because it’s an masonic filled and run organization in everything but name so of course they’re going to be tax exempt – it’s instinctual. Huckabe make some good points but does this mean the other masons in the SBC organization are going to reject masonry and go fully to God?- doubt it. It’s just like Paul Washer stated, when he said that the Church is the new mission field for missionaries. It looks like the IRS is making forcing the masons in the SBC to take a stand on who they serve – even for them the time of wavering is coming to an end in the Sates.

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